The Elie Wiesel Center offers short-term scholarship awards and research support to undergraduate students through the following funds:

Brooks Family Scholarship

The Brooks Family Scholarship is available to Boston University sophomores or juniors who have declared a minor in Jewish Studies and have completed three or more courses counting toward the minor (including up to 2 courses in Hebrew Language). Seniors on track to graduate with the minor are also eligible.

To apply: Complete this online application, submit an unofficial transcript, and declaration of intent to graduate with the minor on record with EWJCS and the registrar’s office. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Henry J. and Carole Pinkney Research Scholarship

The Henry J. and Carole Pinkney Research Scholarship is open to any Boston University undergraduate or graduate student conducting research in Jewish Studies. Students can request funds to cover travel expenses, conference fees, and other costs directly related to research or professional development. Awards are limited to $500 per year per student and depend on funding availability. Applicants should be in good standing and provide a research budget or other expense justification, as well as a letter of endorsement from their advisor. Awards are considered on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. 

To apply: Complete this online application and request that your advisor send a letter of endorsement to

Additional funding for undergraduate awards and scholarships is provided through the Levine/Martin Family Scholarship and Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies gift fund. Your contributions to the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies are greatly appreciated. They support students concentrating on Jewish Studies, Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Middle East and North Africa Studies, and Hebrew Language.

Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program

Boston University has an ongoing relationship with Haifa University (see below). Students can also, with approval, choose to spend up to one year in foreign study at any Israeli university for Boston University credit.

The Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program offers a semester or year in the vibrant and cosmopolitan Mediterranean port of Haifa, Israel. The program combines language study with other coursework at the University of Haifa and excursions in Israel.


There is also an opportunity for students to participate in an internship while studying in Haifa. Placements may vary according to students’ interests, background, and language abilities. Internships have been offered in such fields as medical services, archaeology, education, public relations, social work, conflict resolution, and women’s studies.

Pre-Semester Option

So that students can get the most out of their time in Israel, Boston University and the University of Haifa can often offer students opportunities to live in Israel and gain credit before the regular semester begins at no additional cost. These opportunities vary from semester to semester, but may include a study tour, intensive beginning Arabic language program, or an Ulpan (intensive Hebrew language program).

Faculty and Staff

The Boston University Haifa Program is administered by staff in both our Boston and Haifa offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Haifa. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Haifa, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.

For more information, see Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program and BU International Programs.

Financial Support

If you are interested in being considered for financial support during your study abroad, please contact Professor Nancy Harrowitz at